Shooter gets 10-year sentence

WARREN – A 33-year-old Warren man was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Thursday after pleading guilty to a series of charges stemming from gunshots fired into the home where his girlfriend lived last summer.

Willie Pinchon, formerly of Southern Boulevard N.W., was convicted of four counts of felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation and having a weapon while under disability since Pinchon had a 1998 conviction of complicity to aggravated robbery.

Assistant county prosecutor Michael Burnett said that Pinchon and his girlfriend, Coticka Rivers, got into an argument July 20 in the driveway of her home at 1741 Southwest Blvd. S.W.

Pinchon left, then returned, which is when at least seven shots were fired into the house, Burnett said. Shots hit a couch, chair and stereo speakers. Four children were in the home, but no one was injured.

Burnett said a crowd gathered outside the home after police arrived, and Pinchon drove past. He was arrested within an hour of the shooting.

Burnett said besides an eyewitness to the shooting, police administered a forensic test to Pinchon that showed he had recently fired a weapon.

Judge Ronald Rice handed down concurrent sentences of seven years on the felonious assault and improper discharge charges, and an additional three years on a firearm specification. A concurrent three-year sentence also was handed down on the having weapons under disability charge.

Pinchon has remained in jail on $75,000 bond since July 20.